American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state of being unemployed, especially involuntarily.
- n. The percentage or number of people who are involuntarily unemployed: Unemployment has been shrinking throughout the recovery.
- n. Unemployment compensation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of being unemployed; the state of being unused.
- n. The state of having no job; joblessness.
- n. The phenomenon of joblessness in an economy.
- n. The level of joblessness in an economy, often measured as a percentage of the workforce.
- n. countable A type of joblessness due to a particular economic mechanism.
- n. countable An instance or period of joblessness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Quality or state of being not employed; -- used esp. in economics, of the condition of various social classes when temporarily thrown out of employment, as those engaged for short periods, those whose trade is decaying, and those least competent.
- n. the state of being unemployed or not having a job
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“The theory that raising minimum wage will result in higher unemployment is the best reminder that even multidimensional economists will fall into the trap of 'black and white' world, which they so forcefully try to avoid.”
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